Eaglets’ coach thanks CAF, FIFA over MRI


Golden Eaglets coach, Emmanuel Amuneke (MON), has given the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the FIFA kudos over the introduction of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).

The MRI is used, to a great extent, in determining the age of players. It was used in the ongoing 11th Africa U-17 Championship in Niamey , Niger

Amuneke, whose team beat Niger 2-0 in its group game opener on Sunday, said the introduction of the MRI has helped in advancing African football, saying, “I would like to commend CAF and FIFA for the MRI scans for these age groups tournaments, and it’s so exciting to see the future players of African football doing very well at this stage.”

Commenting on the team’s 2-0 defeat of Niger , he said winning was the most important in football, adding that, “It was important for us to win our first game. We took our chances and defended well.

“Now we have to see how we can grow from strength to strength,”

He gave credit to Niger on the premise that it was a good side.

Niger coach, Francisco Castano Benito, attributed his side loss to poor play saying, “Today (Sunday), we did not play very well as a team. We made a lot of mistakes both when we had the ball and even when we didn’t have the ball.

“Our next game will be very difficult but we need to do well. We will need confidence in the next game against Zambia . We will continue to work hard and we must try to work and play without pressure. We have to be free of pressure and enjoy the games for us to go further.


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